Barnsley: Reds boss Wilson prepares to unveil his second signing

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Barnsley are set to unveil a new striker today, the club’s second summer signing.

The Star can exclusively reveal that the Reds have agreed, in principle, to a 12-month contract with a leading centre-forward who has been playing his football in Scotland for the past few seasons.

The player is understood to have attracted interest from a number of clubs after a particularly successful campaign last term in which he scored nearly 20 goals.

But the Reds have worked hard to secure the player’s signature ahead of their first season back in League One following last season’s relegation from the Championship.

The Reds swooped to sign goalkeeper Adam Davies last week on a two-year deal from South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

And now the new striker becomes manager Danny Wilson’s second new face in what is expected to be a re-shaped squad.

Winger Jim O’Brien let his offer of a new deal expire, while midfielder Stephen Dawson was quick to decline his new two-year contract with hope he can secure a new contract to continue playing in the second tier.

And the club lost patience with Polish winger Tomasz Cywka and withdrew his deal after the player took too long to make a decision on his future.

The Reds return to pre-season training on June 30 and then embark on a one-week pre-season training trip to Italy, where they will face Romanian and Italian clubs.

It’s little surprise, in a perfect scenario, that Wilson would like to have as many new players recruited for when pre-season starts, but especially the trip to Italy.

“It would be the ideal scenario to have as many new players as possible for the trip to Italy,” Wilson told The Star.

“We’ve got to be patient but we’ve identified a lot of targets and I hope a few will drop soon.”

Jacob Mellis has been offered a new contract and is yet to decide if he wants to remain at Oakwell.